Aspen Raine (formerly Miss Frosty)
This is my site Written by spcaweb on August 25, 2013 – 8:14 pm
During her adopter's visit to the shelter, Aspen (then Miss Frosty) showed what a great dog she could be.

During her adopter’s visit to the shelter, Aspen (then Miss Frosty) showed what a great dog she could be.

A report from Aspen Raine’s adopter Lyndsey:

My husband and I adopted “Miss Frosty,” renamed Aspen Raine, in June of 2011 when she was about two years old. We came into the shelter, and when we took Aspen for a walk there was an instant connection. She aimed to please and gave nothing but love and affection.

Aspen took to her crate quite well!


Aspen took to her crate quite well!

Aspen is such a great dog and the transition into our daily lives was fairly easy. She was almost completely housebroken when we adopted her and she knew basic obedience skills. We made a decision to crate-train her, and this came easily for Aspen. To this day she considers her crate her “safe place” and goes in there willingly when we tell her to “go night-night.” She is exceptionally smart and catches onto concepts quickly.

Since Aspen was at least two years old when we adopted her, she came to us with a developed personality and a past. There is no doubt in our minds that Aspen’s previous owner abused her. She would bark and scowl away from very large men, and when we tried to scold her for misbehaving she would bare her teeth at us in protection for herself. This made basic training more difficult, and we had to learn alternative ways to train her. We chose positive reinforcement and this method has worked great for Aspen.

Aspen is quite the swimmer!

Aspen is quite the swimmer!

To this day, Aspen still barks at strangers, but once she gets a whiff of the person, she is as loving as can be. Her barking, now, is more of a protective characteristic towards my husband and me; we call her our little “guard dog.”

Aspen, a yellow lab mix (most likely mixed with beagle), is small for her breed, weighing only forty to forty-five pounds. Her petite size does not stop her from acting like a big dog. She loves being outdoors, swimming, hiking, and exploring. She likes having a yard to run around in and people to play tug-of-war with. When she is not exploring the great outdoors, she is a lazy, couch potato; Aspen loves to cuddle and take naps.

Aspen and her forever family

Aspen and her forever family

Aspen has been such a joy to our family. As a young, married couple with various responsibilities, Aspen constantly finds ways to relieve our stress and bring ample smiles to our faces on a daily basis. We are the luckiest “parents” in the world to have such an incredible, furry, four-legged daughter.

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